37 people injured in double decker bus incident

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(Last Updated On: October 5, 2019)

Emergency services have confirmed 37 people were injured after a double decker overturned on Totnes Road this morning, Saturday 5th October.

8 people are described as having potentially serious injuries.

A spokesperson on behalf of the blue light services who have been involved in this operation, said: “Following the incident near Lombcrombe Cross at around 11am today (5 October), 37 people sustained injuries, of which eight people are described as having potentially seriously injuries.

“Those injured have been conveyed to Bristol, Exeter, Torbay, Derriford, and Newton Abbott for treatment and ongoing assessment by medical professionals; All who were sent to Newton Abbott Hospital have since been discharged.

“In addition, 10 further people were assessed and supported at Paignton library by police and medical professionals, but did not require any further medical treatment.

“The scene is now in the hands of the police, and officers from the serious collisions investigation unit continue with their enquiries. We can confirm that the driver of the bus has not been arrested, but he is helping police with our investigations into this incident.

“On top of this, the vehicle will need to be righted and recovered which will be challenging, therefore a cordon plus closures around the scene will remain in place possibly until tomorrow morning.

“There are a number of localised closures that still remain in place, please see the traffic watch website (https://www.devon-cornwall.police.uk/news/traffic-watch/) for the latest on these.

“Today has seen emergency services and health partners come together to response to this serious collision. This major multi-agency effort to support those involved and has understandably added to existing pressure on the health services.

“Therefore we are not only appealing to the public to both avoid the area, but also ask that people also avoid attending accident and emergency units unless it is an actual emergency, to help alleviate some of the pressure.”

If you need advice over a non-urgent injury please call 111, always call 999 in an emergency.

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